Swiss retain kosher slaughter ban

The Swiss government had considered legalizing kosher slaughter, but changed its tack in the face of a strong public reaction that had anti-Semitic overtones, government sources said.

Alfred Donath, president of the Jewish Federations, said the law forbidding kosher slaughter is discriminatory and a violation of human rights and religious freedom.

The government agrees, Donath said, but the Swiss public apparently does not.